Earle KLOHN
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KLOHN, Earle Jardine
August 14, 1927 - July 22, 2013
Earle died late Monday night at Peace Arch Hospital of heart failure. He spent his last day alert and surrounded by his family. Born in Winnipeg, he grew up in Edmonton and graduated from the University of Alberta in 1950 with a BSc in Civil Engineering and two years later with a MSc specializing in Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering (geotechnical), which was then a new specialty. He immediately joined Ripley and Associates and became co-founder of Ripley, Klohn and Leonoff. He retired in 1997 from Klohn Crippen. His life was long and healthy, with two happy marriages and four children. He travelled widely for business and personal pleasure. Throughout his career he made significant contributions to his field in Canada and around the world. Among his many honours was the prestigious Legget Award from the Canadian Geotechnical Society for outstanding contribution to geotechnical engineering. He was also particularly honoured that his Alma Mater named a science lab after him and his former firm set up a scholarship in his name. He was predeceased by his first wife Beryl, sister Kay Ens, brother Alwin Klohn, and grandson Mark Mitchell. Earle is survived by his wife Lorna, sons Kim (Diane), Doug (Al), Michael and daughter, Jori Mitchell (Mike), four grandchildren, Megan Mitchell, Kevin Mitchell (Kristin), Valerie Klohn, and Andrew Klohn and his sister Marge Cunningham. He is remembered as a man of great integrity, both serious and fun loving, and was passionate about his career and family. Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, August 3 at 11:00 a.m. at Crescent United Church 2756-127th Street in South Surrey followed by a reception at the church. Interment to follow. Viewing is between 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 2 at Victory Memorial Park Funeral Centre, 14831 28th Avenue in Surrey. Donations in Earle's name may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or a charity of your choice.


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Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on Jul. 27, 2013.
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July 31, 2013
Lorna and Family, heartfelt sympathy to you all for the loss of Uncle Earle. You must have alot! of happy memories of his wit and humour to remind you of him at this sad time. Thinking of you all, Sue, Mert and Sandy, Melissa and Jeff Rose and family.
Sue MacRae
July 28, 2013
Dear Lorna and family

When I was very young, you might remember that my family moved from Winnipeg to Vancouver. It was your dad/husband Earle who reached out to my dad and our family. Earle and my dad were first cousins, though I'm not sure if they had met previous to our moving to Vancouver. I have such wonderful and fond memories of the fun and affection that your husband and dad showed to our family. I'll always remember Earle as fun , generous man with a wonderful sense of humour.

I pray that your memories of your husband and father will bring you some comfort at this most difficult of times.

With much sympathy and love

Deborah and Dave
Deborah Forbes
July 28, 2013
Dear Lorna & family ... we have you all in our thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time, and we hope that your many memories of Earle, plus the knowledge that so many others share in your loss, will be of some comfort to you. Much love from Ian and Carol MacRae and family.
July 28, 2013
so sory to hear of your loss. may his happy disposition give you peace. Torey Westman
July 27, 2013
Dear Lorna,
Thinking of you and trusting that your wide family and church family at Crescent are supportive. Know that your Dunbar family is remembering you on Earle death. May your many memories of good times and difficult times offer you comfort and accompaniment on your next phase of life.
With warmest regards,
Susan Burns
Susan Burns
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